Are harmful algal blooms making people sick?

The 2018 Environmental Film Series sponsored by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources continues tonight, Monday, Nov. 5, with “Toxic Puzzle,” a look at how harmful algal blooms may be affecting human health, specifically as possible triggers for Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Watch the trailer above.

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Included in the film are mentions of Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys, and the cities of Toledo and Conneaut in Ohio.

Cleveland Clinic neurologist Erik Pioro is one of the scientists interviewed in the film.

A post-screening discussion will be led by Adam Quick, an MD with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who works with patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease and is participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study related to harmful algal blooms, and Teresa Long, MD, an adjunct associate professor in Ohio State’s College of Public Health and a retired Columbus Health Commissioner.


The screening starts at 7 p.m. in Room 130 in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Admission is free. Free pizza and beverages will be offered at 6:30 p.m.

Find details about the screening and about the series.

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